The playing pitch of the Gompa Sports Stadium in Ganta, Nimba County is expected to be upgraded next year to an artificial turf under the 2022 FIFA Forward program.
This follows after the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and Nimba County authorities signed a 25-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) on April 22 to improve the facility.
LFA President Mustapha Raji and Superintendent Nelson Korquoi signed on behalf of the two parties.
The Gompa Sports Stadium improvement was approved by congress at the Ordinary Congress of the football association last June, in Paynesville.
US$2,000,000 was earmarked over the period of the whole 2019-2022 cycle for projects tailored according to the member association’s approved contract of agreed objectives, and in particular relating to football infrastructure (e.g. pitches, technical centers, training grounds, stadiums, and headquarters).
“I am overwhelmed in regards to seeing this development into our county [Nimba] because Ganta is the commercial capital of Nimba. For Ganta [Gompa Sports Stadium] to have a turf for our brothers and sisters to play football, it’ll be very good for us, so I want to say a big thank you to Mr. Raji and the entire heads at the LFA for this project that’s coming to our door,” Superintendent Korquoi said at the signing ceremony.
LFA president Mustapha Raji reemphasized his administration’s commitment to improve and construct several sporting facilities in the country.
“When our administration took over, our vision is to develop football not only in Montserrado [Monrovia] but in Liberia in order to give the opportunity to every young Liberian in other counties that have the facilities in term of infrastructural development and as part our responsibility to provide quality facilities,” he said.
The final geo-survey exercise at the Gompa Stadium is expected to be done this November and will be followed by the commencement of the project in early January 2022, according to Mr. Raji.
“Given the importance and the presence of the number of First and Second Divisions teams in Nimba, we feel that it’s an obligation on the part of the LFA under my administration to ensure that we provide these facilities in Nimba that’s going to enhance the performance of not just these teams, but the younger ones that will be looking up to the senior players. In the end, we’ll all win as Liberia as one country united together.”
The signing of the MoU comes a few days after the dedication of two mini-stadiums (Tusa Field and SDK Practice Pitch) in Montserrado County and the artificial turf project at the Doris Williams Stadium in Buchanan Bassa County.
The football association is also expected to sign an MoU with authorities in Bong County for the upgrading of the David Konyon Stadium. The geo-survey testing of the soil is said to have already conducted at the stadium.
Other infrastructure projects in the pipeline of the football association include the construction of mini-grassroots pitches (25X45 meters) in Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, and Maryland and Montserrado counties as was approved by the Executive Committee in September 2020.